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About catholicsensibility

Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.

DPPL 112: The Feast of the Holy Family

Once we overcome the popular notion that Christmas Day ends the Christmas season, there are opportunities for the believer. The first of which may be the Sunday after Christmas: 112. The feast of the holy family of Jesus, Mary and … Continue reading

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Games

I had been following–but not jinxing the Royals by watching–the World Series. I had missed the Liverpool-Swansea match yesterday. The Swans won the League Cup before I knew there was a League Cup and before my corporate masters at NBC … Continue reading

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DPPL 110-111: Midnight Mass

Technically, we’ll start with before Mass, the recommendation to pray the Office of Readings: 110. Where possible, the Church desires that the faithful should prepare for the celebration of Midnight Mass on the 24 December with the Office of Readings(Cf. … Continue reading

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Why Am I A Catholic?

I noticed Ross Douthat published an entry in his NYT blog in response to the many comments on his “precipice” piece from Sunday. He’s an intelligent, occasionally refreshing young guy. But sometimes I think faith can be over-thought. Why am … Continue reading

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Punditry

I have a moderately high opinion of John Allen’s endeavor at Crux. My caution is that I think he’s finding it difficult to fill the space that earlier this month was filled by the synod. I think he makes good … Continue reading

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Going Further

After I read Cardinal Nichols’ brief pastoral letter on the recent family synod, I got the idea Pope Francis is operating on a totally different plane from some of his critics. Cardinal Nichols pooh-poohs the idea the synod was a … Continue reading

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DPPL 109: Christmas Eve

In the developed world, Christmas Eve has superceded the day of the Nativity in the practice of many, at least as far as church is concerned. The Church lays out a set of options, some of which yet live, and … Continue reading

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